Attacks on Christians

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The scene outside a Catholic church in Istanbul, Turkey, where a reported armed attack took place on Jan. 28, 2024.

One person killed in shooting at Catholic church in Istanbul, manhunt underway

Jan 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Bishop Massimiliano Palinuro, the apostolic vicar of Istanbul, told EWTN News on Jan. 28 that a parishioner was killed “during... Read more

Vandalism of a pro-life display outside St. Paul Catholic Church in Fenton, Missouri on Oct. 3, 2023.

2023 witnessed continued attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers, churches

Dec 29, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers only got worse once Roe was officially overturned in June 2022, and they continued throughout... Read more

Image of the campaign for the canonization of the Spanish sacristan Diego Valencia.

Catholics call for opening of canonization cause for sacristan slain by jihadist in Spain

Nov 21, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Diocese of Cádiz and Ceuta in southern Spain has begun to receive requests to promote the canonization process of... Read more

At least 11 people were killed Sept. 15, 2023, after members of the Islamic State attacked a village in Mozambique and opened fire on Christians after hand-picking them from Muslims, the Catholic pontifical and charity foundation Aid to the Church in Need International reported.

11 killed as Islamist jihadists reportedly target Christians in Mozambican village

Sep 20, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

After separating the Christians from the Muslims, “they opened fire on the Christians,” a Sept. 18 Aid to the Church... Read more

Photos of the man who allegedly set a fire at St. Mary's Cathedral and charged at two staff members on May 19, 2023.

Canadian police ask for public’s help in identifying man who set fire at cathedral 

May 26, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Police in Canada are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly set a fire and assaulted... Read more

Burned vehicles after Good Friday raid on April 7, 2023, in Ngban, Benue state, Nigeria.

Advocates for persecuted Christians in Nigeria question U.S. report that portrays Fulani as victims

May 2, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Advocates for persecuted Christians in Nigeria are criticizing a new report prepared by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.   Read more

Map of Nigeria.

Report: Wave of murders after elections in Nigeria forces Catholic diocese staff to evacuate

Mar 3, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

Dozens of people were reportedly killed in attacks on villages in Nigeria’s Benue State Wednesday, a diocesan official said. Read more

Bishop Yakubu Kundi of the Diocese of Kafanchan, Nigeria.

Nigeria bishop: Pre-Christmas massacre part of ‘a deliberate plan to unleash evil’ against Christians

Dec 22, 2022

By Douglas Burton

Witnesses say armed Fulani herdsmen attacked several Christian villages on Dec. 18, leaving as many as 46 people dead and... Read more

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Catholic student center in Nebraska receives shooting threat, signed ‘Jane’s Revenge’

Dec 4, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

A Catholic campus ministry center at the University of Nebraska received a death threat Saturday morning in a note signed... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in his Angelus address after Mass in Matera, Italy, on Sept. 25, 2022.

Pope Francis appeals for the release of kidnapped Catholics in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Five Catholic priests, a religious sister, and three lay people were kidnapped in an attack on a Catholic church in... Read more

Kaduna State in northern Nigeria.

Two churches in Nigeria attacked during Sunday worship

Jun 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The attack comes two weeks after 40 Christians were killed in an attack on a Catholic church on Pentecost Sunday. Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

Anglican pastor shot dead in Pakistan on way home from church

Jan 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“This ambush undermines peace and religious harmony throughout the country,” Archbishop Benny Mario Travas said. Read more

Aid to the Church in Need UK says it's been de-platformed by Facebook in response to the charity's petition drive to stop the forced marriage and conversion of Christian women and girls.

Why did Facebook 'kill' charity's petition drive against the forced marriage of Christian women and girls?

Dec 22, 2021

By Shannon Mullen

The Aid to the Church in Need UK says it's been de-platformed from Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram without being given... Read more

Flag of Nigeria on soldiers arm.

Islamic militants kidnap hundreds in raid on Nigerian town

Aug 19, 2020

Militants with the Islamic State West Africa Province attacked the town of Kukawa in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, abducting hundreds of... Read more

Queen of Peace Catholic Church after a fire July 11.

Florida Catholic church rebuilding after arson attack

Jul 27, 2020

The Catholic community at Queen of Peace Parish in Ocala, Florida is rebuilding after the church was set on fire... Read more

Our Lady of Vailankanni.

Suspected Hindu radicals arrested in India after attack on Catholic pilgrims 

Aug 22, 2019

Six suspected members of a radical Hindu group were arrested in India this week after dozens of Catholics were attacked... Read more